The Dream Team assembled by Andy Reid and co. this off-season has placed plenty of pressure on the Eagles to deliver. Al Dannity looks at the team everyone is watching.
The players How long have you got? The new arrivals in Philadelphia for 2011 include Jason Babin, Cullen Jenkins, Vince Young, Steve Smith, Ronnie Brown, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie…who am I missing? Oh yes, Nnamdi Asomugha. To say the Eagles are stacked for 2011 is the mother of all understatements. Philadelphia has reloaded with gusto in the off-season. While Asomugha is the biggest name to arrive, Vince Young could prove the most important signing. Having Young on the roster means the Eagles won’t need to change their offense if Michael Vick goes down injured.
With a staggering 11 picks in the draft, Philadelphia ensured there would be plenty of young talent to supplement the crop of veteran beasts joining the Eagles. Danny Watkins is an upgrade on the offensive line, Dion Lewis could prove a bargain as a fifth round pick, while Alex Henery will slot in as starting kicker.
Mark your calendar There will be no shortage of big games on the Eagles’ schedule this year. Week 2 sees Philadelphia hit the road for a big date with the Falcons in the Georgia Dome. The following week sees the Eagles play their first home game of the season, against the Giants. The Eagles take their bye in Week 7 after which they have three straight home games. The most tantalizing of these will be the Week 9 visit of the Bears, a game sure to set pulses racing.
Weeks 11 and 12 could tell us all we need to know about the Eagles. In Week 11 they head to MetLife Stadium to take on the Giants before welcoming the Patriots to the Linc in Week 12. As if that wasn’t enough, Philadelphia also play host to the Jets in Week 15. NFL betting fans should be salivating at the sight of that schedule.
The verdict NFL betting fans should be wary of a little Miami Heat flavor to the early part of the season. Nobody questions the Eagles’ talent but they might take a few weeks to hit top speed, much like the Heat struggled early last season. Come the business end of the year, Philadelphia will unquestionably be contenders. Outside of Green Bay, I don’t see any team in the NFC that I can see seriously challenging the Eagles in a playoff situation. When it comes time for the Super Bowl preview next week, Philadelphia will certainly be among the contenders.